55 days in Mexico Itinerary

55 days in Mexico Itinerary

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55 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Puebla
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tulum
— 7 nights
7
Bacalar
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h
8
Palenque
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Mexico City
— 5 nights
10
San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Guadalajara
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Auckland

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Bay of Cabo San Lucas. Get a sense of the local culture at Parroquia San Jose and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to Cabo Pulmo and see Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas road trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cabo San Lucas is minus 19 hours. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect Cabo San Lucas to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, Parroquia San Jose
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Shark Diving
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Bay of Cabo San Lucas ©
Bay of Cabo San Lucas

4
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Vallarta and OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. Shop till you drop at Galleria Dante and Elements of Design. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita) and Playa Las Animas (in Cabo Corrientes). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, wander the streets of El Centro, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Las Animas, Swim with Dolphins
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

5
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and Templo San Francisco Acatepec. Catedral Basilica de Puebla and Cantona Archaeological Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Explore Puebla's surroundings by going to Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula), Tlaxcala (Santuario de las Luciernagas & Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan) and Volcan La Malinche (in Huamantla). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Zocalo, delve into the distant past at Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl, identify plant and animal life at Museo Viviente, and steep yourself in history at Barrio del Artista.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puebla attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Puebla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, plan for slightly colder days in Puebla, with highs around 28°C, while nights are colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tlaxcala, San Pedro Cholula, Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl, Volcan La Malinche, Tonantzintla
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

5
nights
Cancun

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Zona Arqueológica El Meco will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB (in Playa Paraiso) and Shark Diving (in Puerto Morelos). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, look for gifts at Tattooarte, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puebla to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Puebla in October, you will find days in Cancun are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Zona Arqueológica El Meco, IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©

5
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa El Cielo and Cozumel Pearl Farm. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yucab Reef. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at San Francisco Reef, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at El Paso del Cedral Reef.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

7
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Head to MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Tulum Bazaarfor plenty of shopping. Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Chikin Ha), Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza) and Convent of San Bernardino of Siena (in Valladolid). And it doesn't end there: cool off at La Playa Xpuha, stop by Mixik, explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cenote Santa Cruz, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, La Playa Xpuha
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 27:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Shark Diving

4
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Dzibanche are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kohunlich and Pyramid of the Masks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bacalar: Mahahual (Maya Chan Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Diamonds International.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in October: highs in Bacalar hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Bacalar

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chetumal, Mahahual, Pyramid of the Masks, Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil, Diamonds International
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Dzibanche ©
Dzibanche

4
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Cascada de Roberto Barrios. Get a sense of the local culture at Tonina and Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier". When in Palenque, make a side trip to see Playas de Catazaja in Catazaja, approximately 50 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Palenque in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bacalar to Palenque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playas de Catazaja, Tonina
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Visit Zocalo and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins (in Tula de Allende Municipality) and Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada (in San Juan Teotihuacan). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, wander the streets of San Angel, shop like a local with Polanco, and take in the exciting artwork at Arto Otra.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City visit planning app .

You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
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5
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Mina Cinco Senores. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario de Jesus Nazareno and Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro. Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Queretaro City (Teatro de la Republica & Casa de La Corregidora), Temple of Carmen (in Celaya) and Pena de Bernal (in Bernal). There's still lots to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Parroquia, view the masterpieces at Mr Poster, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Health.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Temple of Carmen, Mina Cinco Senores, Santuario de Jesus Nazareno, Pena de Bernal
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Mina Cinco Senores ©
Mina Cinco Senores

4
nights
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Explore hidden gems such as Expiatory Temple and Iglesia La Luz del Mundo. Visit Panteon de Belen and Aranzazu Temple for their historical value. Step out of Guadalajara with an excursion to La Cata Tequila Tasting Room in Tequila--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, explore the activities along Lake Chapala, and trek along Bosque de la Primavera.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara tour itinerary builder .

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Chapala, La Cata Tequila Tasting Room
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Bosque de la Primavera ©
Bosque de la Primavera
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas

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